Daniella Rodríguez de Siembre Tres Vidas

 

“This is a portrait of Daniella Rodríguez of Siembra Tres Vidas, a farm in Puerto Rico. I’m a Puerto Rican Jew from New York who hasn’t been back on the island since I was a little girl, but I remember my abuelo cutting sugar cane for me, and the remnants of jibaro — peasant — life, and I wanted a picture that showed a strong woman of the land, the sort of woman who always made la isla verde green.” – Molly

Made for A Growing Culture

 
For thousands of years, farmers have provided humanity with sustenance and nutrition, developing creative and progressive techniques that work with nature, not against it.
Yet our society consistently overlooks and undervalues them in favor of a food system developed and promoted by corporations, not farmers.
Today we say: Enough. We can no longer participate in a system that denigrates farmers, their communities, and their products. Instead, we rise in solidarity with those who feed the world. We stand with farmers and everyone who contributes to a global food supply. And we will stand with them until they are recognized as the leaders they are and returned to their rightful place at the helm of agriculture.

KARAM House Making-Of

Karam House put together this interview with Molly while she was completing the mural. She talks in depth about her vision for the project, what painting these murals means to her, and the importance of the work done by the Karam House.

Check out detailed photos of the finished work and more examples of Molly’s large scale work on the Installations and Murals Page.

Profile on Molly and the Bore of Babylon in the New Yorker

Crabapple pointed out the delicate flesh beneath the chin of Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce. “One of the things I was really having fun with was what I call jowl-tentacle-integration problems,” she said. “I wish there were a wild Kushner and Stephen Miller, but one’s hand gets tired.”

– Charles Shafaieh quoting Molly Crabapple, The New Yorker Sept 4 2017 Issue

A Darkly Surreal Mural of Trump in Queens by Charles Shafaieh – link.

 

A reminder – a great way to support Molly and help her keep doing this kind of work is to purchase limited edition prints in the site store. We still have a few Bore of Babylon prints left available and only 4 deluxe hand-colored Bore of Babylon and His Consorts prints remain.

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Karam House Murals 2017

For the third year in a row Molly has worked with the Karam Foundation to paint murals in schools in Turkey that serve Syrian refugee children and teenagers. This year Molly completed a series of portraits of influential artists and writers at the Karam House including such luminaries as James BaldwinMahmoud DarwishNizar QabbaniNizak al Malaika, Julia de Burgos, George Orwell, Nazik al-AbidGhassan KanafaniZaha HadidAhmed ZewilNelson Mandela,  and Anthony Shadid

 

Video Walkthrough:

 

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About Karam:

The Karam foundation is a very effective non-profit who we have collaborated with and supported many times in the past. For more info or to donate go to their website at: https://www.karamfoundation.org/

 

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Time Marches Forward and So Do We

This new animation is released by the ACLU, drawn by Molly and directed by the wonderful and talented Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. Narrated by Emmy award winning actress Laverne Cox.

Only 18 states explicitly and comprehensively protect trans people from discrimination. Many other state lawmakers are focused on targeting us for more discrimination. In 2017, lawmakers in 22 states introduced more than 50 bills restricting the rights of trans people.Even as these lawmakers signal that we are not worthy of protection, we persevere. Most of us have already spent years in dark places wrestling with our truths, feeling ashamed of who we are. But when we manage to survive, and even to love ourselves, we are stronger than ever. Try as they might, these lawmakers cannot erase us. Our rights will be hard won, but we are winning.

Article on the video at TIME.com: http://time.com/4894647/trans-transgender-rights-video/

 

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Interview with NY Times Live on Facebook

See Molly live-draw and flip through her current sketchbooks while talking about art, activism, and getting your start as a young artist. 

View full interview here: https://www.facebook.com/nytbooks/videos/vb.1002391179791389/1590884577608710/?type=2&theater

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This Is Not A Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

Molly’s report from Gaza is included in this great new anthology from Bloomsbury press. Available here: https://bloomsbury.com/us/this-is-not-a-border-9781632868848/

About This Is Not A Border

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of PalFest, This Is Not a Border is a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world’s most distinguished artists, responding to their experiences at this unique festival. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, their gathered work is a testament to the power of literature to promote solidarity and hope in the most desperate of situations.

Other contributing authors include J. M. Coetzee, China Miéville, Alice Walker, Geoff Dyer, Claire Messud, Henning Mankell, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Palin, Deborah Moggach, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Slovo, Adam Foulds, Susan Abulhawa, Ahdaf Soueif, Jeremy Harding, Brigid Keenan, Rachel Holmes, Suad Amiry, Gary Younge, Jamal Mahjoub, Molly Crabapple, Najwan Darwish, Nathalie Handal, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pankaj Mishra, Raja Shehadeh, Selma Dabbagh, William Sutcliffe, Atef Abu Saif, Yasmin El-Rifae, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mercedes Kemp, Ru Freeman.

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The Guardian: This refugee squat represents the best and worst of humanity

Molly’s new opinion piece in the Guardian:

Squats like City Plaza accomplish their work without a cent of government or NGO funding. In contrast, despite the $803m euros that since 2015 have flowed to the Greek government and NGOs to help them deal with the refugee crisis, refugees froze to death in camps last winter. Desperate, several more have tried to burn themselves alive. Even the best camps isolate refugees from cities, keeping them quarantined like carriers of a disease.

-Molly Crabapple, The Guardian, 6/2017

Full Article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/23/refugee-squat-city-plaza-greece-best-worst-humanity

YouCaring Page to Support City Plaza:    https://www.youcaring.com/refugeeaccommodationandsolidarityspacecityplaza-716186

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Bore of Babylon Mural in Williamsburg

Molly has finished install the first Bore of Babylon wheatpaste mural in Williamsburg! If you’re in New York go and visit the lovely restaurant Cheeseboat at 80 Berry St. in Brooklyn. 

 

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The Baffler: Hidden Fighters – Remembering America’s black antifascist vanguard

During a June demonstration in Chicago, two young women, one black and one Jewish, chained themselves in front of the Italian consulate; signs that read “Hands off Ethiopia” hung across their chests. A local paper noted that Chicago had denied organizers a permit on the pretext that “Negroes in Chicago had no need to be worried about what was going on over in Europe.” To the city government, black internationalism was a more immediate threat than Fascist Italy.

-Molly Crabapple

Hidden Fighters . The Baffler. June 2017.

Full story here: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/hidden-fighters-crabapple

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Challenging State Repression at the Left Forum

Molly will be speaking with the Left Forum Friday June 2nd at 7:15pm at John Jay College for their 2017 Conference, talking about challenging state repression with art.

..the old “reasonable, responsible” regime of exploitation has broken down. These are radical times. Which means they are times with great possibilities for real radicalism. Still, the left forces are inchoate, without mass mobilization organizations and searching for strategies that can build raw power and generate victories. Our task is to help organize, nurture, and shape the raw resistance that is exploding across America – and help to build what may come in its wake.

Tickets and more info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/left-forum-2017-tickets-30316908690

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FRENCH PEN POSTERS

Molly’s posters from the PEN America protest are now available in French thanks to Nancy Bruseker. Click an image to download a hi-res copy which may be used for protest or educational purposes.

 

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